Rabbitohs forward, Chris McQueen, has pointed to consistency as an area which his side needs to improve on heading into this Sunday’s Round 21 clash against the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium.
The Rabbitohs have enjoyed consecutive wins, firstly against the St George Illawarra Dragons followed by the Newcastle Knights in two solid outings in recent weeks. But McQueen, who has now found his place in the starting 13 at lock-forward, is looking much deeper than that and calling for consistency as the regular season begins to wrap up.
“We’ve obviously had a couple of positive weeks, but I think the one thing we’ve struggled with all year is consistency,” said McQueen.
“We’ve had a few good games here and there and then some games where we haven’t lived up to our standards as well. So that really brings home the fact that we need to work on that consistency and showing up each week.
“The Panthers have obviously got a great squad there, so we’ll need to show up prepared and show up with the right kind of attitude to get the job done.”
McQueen and his men will take on a Panthers outfit that will no doubt be intent on righting a three-week spell of performances that has seen them on the wrong end of the score-board – their most recent a 34-24 loss to the Canberra Raiders in Round 20.
But McQueen, who will play his 111th first grade game this Sunday for the Rabbitohs, emphasised that he and his teammates are taking the week one step at a time, beginning with getting the little things right at training.
“Right now for us it’s about putting the hard yards in at training,” said McQueen.
“We’ve got to be switched on all the time and make sure we’re not just going through the motions and expecting things to happen – you actually have to make it happen.
“For me personally, I’m enjoying the challenge of playing lock and I’ve set myself a goal to make sure I’m doing my bit for the team by making my tackles,” said McQueen.
“But on top of that, having been a winger a long time ago, I’d like to think I still have a bit of that speed left over, so running off some of the other forwards trying to create some opportunities there in the middle is certainly something I’m looking to take advantage of.”
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